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  • Phase 2 of water treatment project fully grant funded

    Feb 15, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission continued Monday taking steps to improve the city’s utility infrastructure, approving a $11.4 million grant to fully fund Phase 2 of the ongoing water treatment plant project. City Manager Paul Anderson said the grant funds from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy amount to 100% grant. “We remain extremely thankful to EGLE for coming up with this amazing funding and opportunity for us,” said Anderson. Phase 2 will add water...

  • Ironwood Carnegie Library new restroom project continues

    Feb 15, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Carnegie Library is in the middle of renovations, adding a main floor restroom, according to Library Director Lynne Wiercinski. "We are working on staying open as long as we can during construction. We have had to close for a couple days when it wouldn't be safe for patrons to be in the library while they were working," said Wiercinski. She said the project is running well, and the restroom is something that the library officials had been wanting to do for many years. The funds...

  • Midwest Telefest draws hundreds to Big Powderhorn

    Feb 15, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Several hundred people gathered last weekend for the 34th annual Midwest Telefest at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Ironwood Township. The three-day event normally takes place at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area in Ontonagon, but it was moved this year due to inadequate snow at that site, which relies only on Mother Nature. Race Director Peter Werts of Madison, Wisconsin, said he expects the event to return to Ontonagon next year....

  • Bessemer fills Parks and Recreation Commission

    Feb 15, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER— The Bessemer Parks and Recreation Commission now has a full board, thanks to action taken at Monday’s meeting of the Bessemer City Council. The council voted to approve Mayor Peter Tacconelli’s appointment of Dominic Fabbri as a parks commissioner. Fabbri previously served on the city’s Planning Commission and wrote in his application that, as a father, he believes the parks commission “is more aligned with my short-term goals and time commitments.” He added that his engineering...

  • Cat show

    Feb 8, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - The Cat Clowder, a gathering of sno-cats and similar vehicles built to move through and on deep snow, celebrated it's 10th year gathering at Powderhorn this past weekend. More than 30 vehicles made the trip up to Big Powderhorn Resort for the celebration of all things sno-cat. Big Powderhorn general manager Bruce Noren said the clowder is a highly anticipated event each year, as it draws people from across the country. "We had some come...

  • With lack of snow, region turns to ORVing

    Feb 8, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] A lack of snow has inspired officials in the tri-county area to allow ORV riding in February. The unusual action has been inspired by fewer than 3 feet of snow during this season — a measly allotment that has allowed trail bases to melt in the face of extended warm spells. Iron and Ontonagon counties have issued formal statements in the past week. “We’re doing the same here,” said Jerry Nezworski, president and trail boss of the Gogebic Range Snowmobile Authority. “Unfortunately, there’s no...

  • Annual La Rosa dinner declared 'very good success'

    Feb 8, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - From the moment the public arrived at the annual La Rosa spaghetti dinner this past weekend at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood, they encountered enticing aromas, welcoming signs and friendly faces. The major fundraiser took place Saturday and Sunday, bringing dozens of volunteers and hundreds of hungry folks together. "It was a very good success," said Alison Schlag later. "It was a beautiful day. We were very happy with the...

  • Bessemer considers pickleball, splash pad, ADA playground

    Feb 8, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer Parks and Recreation Commission voted last week to dedicate their next monthly meeting to working toward a new five-year parks and recreation plan. The motion followed City Manager Christopher Frazer’s recommendation that such a discussion should occur before the commission makes recommendations on the city’s new Capital Improvement Plan, which also is pending. However, commissioners already agreed that several items on their wish list should be included in the...

  • County officials reach stalemate on fair proposal

    Feb 1, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — A written proposal regarding how to manage a streamlined version of the 2024 Gogebic County Fair met with a dead end at last week’s meeting of the county Board of Commissioners. The county board requested the proposal of its Fair Board because of five buildings that were lost at the Ironwood fairgrounds due to a Sept. 26, 2023, fire and prior demolition. Fair Board member Linda Nelson presented the proposal, which included reduced fair times, confined locations of events, a list of repairs...

  • Norrie Club bonfire brings Jack Frost Festival to close

    Feb 1, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD - Hearts, minds and bodies of a steady crowd of people were warmed Saturday night as the Norrie Amateur Sports Club offered its 15th annual "'Light Up the Night"' bonfire in Ironwood. The event, which closed out the 2023-2024 Jack Frost Festival, was made possible by the discarding of Christmas trees by local residents. "'I think there were just under 300,"' said Steve Lehto Jr., club president, who added that stacks of unneeded pallets also helpe...

  • Highland CEO meets with Michigan Strategic Fund officials

    Feb 1, 2024

    WAKEFIELD — Work to develop and launch a new copper mine north of Wakefield drew Highland Copper Interim CEO Barry O’Shea to the Gogebic Range this week. His message regarding the Copperwood Project wasn’t momentous, but it was positive. Highland officials appeared at a meeting of the Michigan Strategic Fund held at Gogebic Community College, advancing their case for state support for the mine. “They’re considering giving us a grant of $50 million,” said O’Shea. The funds would be used to develop infrastructure for the mine....

  • Bessemer's ADJ High School looks to updating sign on U.S. 2

    Feb 1, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer School Board met for its January meeting on Jan. 22, where the members held their annual reorganization and heard updates regarding the main school sign. During the reorganizational meeting, the board elected officers, including James Partanen as president, Brady Halvorson as vice president, Beth Steiger as secretary, and Tara Graham as treasurer. January is board appreciation month, said superintendent Richard Matrella. The members were presented a certificate thanking them and...

  • City Commission OKs 911 payment

    Jan 25, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission approved payment Monday for an invoice of $4,536 to Gogebic County 911 for cellphones provided to the Ironwood Public Safety Department. IPSD Sgt. Brandon Snyder, who is also the IPSD fire marshal and on the county’s 911 Committee, told the commission how the state had determined the county’s 911 Committee was wrong when it bought the phones for the department. He said they appealed that decision, but lost at first by one vote and appealed again to the...

  • Whitecap opens for business

    Jan 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] UPSON, Wis. - The snow season started stirring nearly three months ago at Whitecap Mountains Resort, but skiing did not open at the Upson ski hill until Jan. 13, the day that a winter storm hit this region. "We started making snow on Oct. 30," said resort owner David Dziuban of the staff's efforts toward the end of 2023. The early snowmaking, of course, was foiled by a prolonged warm spell - including rain - that ruined any prospects of opening hills for t...

  • Bessemer to contact donors, try again for trailhead grant

    Jan 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Individuals or businesses who donated to the cost of a new trailhead behind the Bessemer City Hall will receive a letter from the city in the near future. City Council members agreed Monday night that the outreach should be made in case any donors may wish to retract their offer after the city failed for the second year in a row to qualify for a Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Officials will apply for the grant again this year, in hopes...

  • Wakefield council approves sale of land near Sunday Lake

    Jan 25, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield City Council voted on Monday evening to sell a parcel of land overlooking Sunday Lake to Timothy and Nichole Lynott for their bid of $10,101. The land is adjacent to the Lynott’s property at 202 Chicago Mine Road. “My family and I have lived on the adjoining parcel of property since 1986, for 38 years,” said Lynott in a letter to the council dated Jan. 18. “We have maintained a walking trail on the property over the years so we can easily access the park and beach at...

  • Copper Peak plans take flight

    Jan 18, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — The COVID-19 pandemic resulted with a local silver lining when Copper Peak, an Ironwood Township landmark, received a $20 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act. That was announced in the spring of 2022, and progress toward using those funds to refurbish the famous ski jump has been in the works ever since. Copper Peak officials now have announced that construction bids for the following two site projects are expected by the end of February: 1. A tower project that will...

  • Many snowmobile trails still remain closed

    Jan 18, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] The combined three counties of Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon feature nearly 600 miles of snowmobile trails. Winding through forests and towns and over bridges and lakes, they represent white gold in the winter season, drawing thousands of tourists from other states who relish the frosty, fluffy stuff made possible mostly by those three magic words: lake effect conditions. Not so much this year. After warm spells delayed the opening of trails straight...

  • Hurley school board extends administration contracts

    Jan 18, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley School Board extended the contracts of superintendent Kevin Genisot, 7-12 principal Melissa Oja and K-5 principal and athletic director Steve Lombardo Monday evening. The move came after a closed session in which the board completed a review of the superintendent. All three of the contracts were extended another year, now ending after the 2025-2026 school year. Genisot told The Globe later the board has typically made the move each year to keep the school administration on...

  • Ironwood city commission hears good news about audit

    Jan 18, 2024

    IRONWOOD — The Ironwood City Commission heard good financial news at a brief regular meeting Jan. 8. The commission heard the final report of the city’s audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. “The auditors gave the city a clean, unmodified opinion. There were no findings, questioned costs, or material misstatements,” city clerk Jen Jacobsen told The Globe. The commission voted to receive and place the audit on file. The commission also discussed a $4,563 invoice from Gogebic County 911 for Ironwood Public Safety cell phones....

  • Despite lack of snow, Sisu crews celebrate with food, fun

    Jan 11, 2024

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD - The lack of snow in Ironwood may have stopped the Sisu races from taking place, but it certainly did not stop the celebration. Organizers still held the annual Depot Dash at the Ironwood Depot on Friday afternoon and gathered the community together on Saturday for food and fun at the Sisu Expo. Hannah Panchi, an organizer of the Depot Dash, said the last-minute snow allowed them to hold the dash. If they didn't have enough, she said they likel...

  • Hurley poised to get multimillion dollar housing project

    Jan 11, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] HURLEY — Hurley is on the cusp of getting a multimillion dollar housing facility that is structured to provide a creative combination of living and learning for those citizens who qualify for residence. Marketed as a “multifamily, affordable community,” the pending construction is expected to include 40 units with varying numbers of bedrooms. With the blessing of Iron County and the Hurley City Council, the project is a collaboration between Impact Seven, a nonprofit entity that invests in...

  • Wakefield votes to make belated July 4 contribution

    Jan 11, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — Each year, the Wakefield City Council — along with the Wakefield Township Board of Trustees — contributes to the expenses of the annual July 4 celebration in Wakefield. Last year was the exception because the city’s Fireworks Committee learned that its nonprofit status had expired. “In late 2022, the city confirmed that the Fireworks Committee’s 501(c)(4) status was revoked on May 15, 2010,” wrote City Manager Robert Brown, Jr. in an agenda report for the council’s Monday...

  • Bessemer clarifies citizen options in buying low-cost land

    Jan 11, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council voted on Monday evening to deny a request by Mark Switzer to purchase a city lot for $1. City Manager Christopher Frazer reported that Ben Tucker, who leads the city’s Department of Public Works, and city engineers noted that the property in question may be needed for the projected new Bluff Reservoir. “Until we figure out what chunks that we may or may not need, we’re not going to sell this property,” said Councilman Adam Zak. “However, if we do decide to...

  • 2024 Sisu cancelled

    Jan 4, 2024

    IRONWOOD — The lack of seasonal snow has forced Sisu Ski Race organizers to cancel this year’s races. It would have been the 15th annual event. The news came Friday in a post on the Sisu Ski Fest facebook page. “With one week to go we have absolutely no snow on the ground, wet trails, and warm temps. There is only minor snow in the forecast with temps predicted to hover around freezing. Even if we receive more snow than predicted, we could not turn that snow into a safe race course. Therefore, we are canceling the Sisu ski race,” said...

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